Here are the Celtics vs Hawks Betting Odds and Predictions for the second game of this 2023 NBA Playoffs series.
The second-seeded Celtics (-10.5) look to take a 2-0 series over the seventh-seeded Hawks after winning a 112-99 victory in Game 1 on Saturday. In the win, the Celtics lead by as many as 32 points in the second half but got a bit complacent, allowing the Hawks to cut the gap to 12 points in the fourth quarter. Boston players Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown had little trouble getting to their spots, scoring 25 and 29 points, respectively, while its perimeter defense held the Hawks to just five-of-29 shooting from three (17.2 percent).
Celtics’ spread bettors likely thought they were in no danger of a backdoor cover with the C’s leading by 30-plus in the second half, but the Hawks’ second-half run made things interesting. While it was indeed a sweat, Celtics (-10) bettors survived a possibly bad beat at the end of regulation. Tonight in Game 2, Boston is putting a similar price as 10.5-point favorites.
Can the Celtics put together a four-quarter effort and notch a comfortable win, or will the Hawks make it a game? Below, we’ll break down Tuesday night’s Celtics-Hawks game, giving our prediction and best bets for the 2023 NBA Playoffs.
Celtics vs Hawks Betting Odds
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- Atlanta Hawks +10 -110, Moneyline +415
- Celtics -10 -110, Moneyline -525
- Total: 230.5 Over/Under -110
As we stated above, Boston’s spread is priced a half-point higher in Game 2 after a 13-point win on Saturday. Considering the Celtics did whatever they wanted in the first half, scoring 74 points while owning a 30-point halftime lead, there’s reason to think Boston cruises to a 2-0 series lead on Tuesday night. The Celtics have been a successful ATS team at home this season, covering 57.5 percent of games at the Garden (23-17).
Even though the Hawks will likely shoot the three-ball at a higher clip tonight, their susceptible interior defense is worrying in keeping this game competitive. Atlanta’s allowed the 21st-highest defensive two-point scoring rate (56.1 percent), and Boston’s ability to regularly get downhill while getting high-percentage looks could lead to the C’s mounting another big lead.
While scoring runs from the Hawks are inevitable given the expected pace of tonight’s game (over/under 230.5 points), we don’t think the Celtics take their foot off the gas as much as they did on Saturday, resulting in another comfortable home win for the C’s.
As the double-digit spread suggests, the Celtics are the more complete team that can exploit the Hawks in a variety of ways. Even if the Hawks enjoy a better three-point shooting output tonight, we can’t trust a defense that ended the regular season 22nd in defensive rating (115.4) to get enough stops when it means the most.
Best player prop bet for Celtics vs. Hawks: Robert Williams OVER 7.5 points (-140)
Atlanta’s shaky interior defense could result in Williams getting eight-plus points off the bench tonight. In Game 1, Williams scored 12 points on six-of-six shooting, as the Celtics looked to the big man off lobs and slips in their offensive plays. Expect a similar showing tonight given he’ll likely play close to 25 minutes and could try close to seven shots.